Biden and Obama’s ‘Odd Couple’ Relationship Aged Into Family Ties – by Peter Baker – The New York Times

” “Dealing with President Obama was like traveling on a one-way street — it was his way or the highway,” said former Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Republican leader during the Obama administration. “When you dealt with Joe Biden, you actually had the opportunity to be heard. He was interested in understanding your viewpoint.”

That did not always sit well with congressional Democrats, who at one point barred the vice president from budget talks for fear that he was not holding fast enough. And the president’s team often seemed more skeptical of Mr. Biden than of their own boss. Heading into the 2012 re-election campaign, Mr. Obama’s political advisers secretly explored replacing Mr. Biden with Mrs. Clinton on the ticket.

But Mr. Obama brushed off the idea. Not only would it call into question his judgment in putting Mr. Biden on the original ticket, but also the vice president was a useful surrogate in working-class communities where he connected with voters more than Mr. Obama did.

“He was able to go and campaign in places where it just didn’t make sense to send the president,” said Anita Dunn, an adviser to the White House.”

Critics of Trump Have a New Word in Their Vocabulary: Treason – By Peter Baker – NYT


By Peter Baker
July 17, 2018

WASHINGTON — John O. Brennan spent a career in the Central Intelligence Agency defending the United States against its enemies. For decades, that meant terrorists, rogue regimes or the Russians. For him now, it means the president of the United States.

When Mr. Brennan accused President Trump of treason following Monday’s meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, it opened a floodgate. The New York Daily News used the banner headline “OPEN TREASON” on its cover. Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel called it treason on their late-night shows.

In a presidency without precedent, mark another moment for the history books.

While the T-word has been thrown around on the fringes of the political debate about other presidents or politicians from time to time, never in the modern era has it become part of the national conversation in such a prominent way. Never in anyone’s lifetime has a president engendered such a wave of discussion about whether his real loyalty was to a foreign power over his own country.

via Critics of Trump Have a New Word in Their Vocabulary: Treason – The New York Times

David Lindsay:  Paul Krugman and I have both been using the T word for over a year. I wrote, or hope I wrote, that Trump’s attack on the work of the EPA to protect Americans and the environment was treasonous. His putting Putin over NATO was visible a year ago. This November, let’s vote these crooks and scoundrels out of office.